The 18 best Christmas songs, ranked: From Last Christmas to Fairytale of New York

It's the most wonderful time of the year. As Christmas approaches, we pick the classic songs you need on your festive playlist

Roisin O'Connor,Alexandra Pollard
Wednesday 25 December 2019 08:00
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Merry Christmas, one and all, it's time to break out the mince pies (as if you haven't already), pour the prosecco and put on some festive music.

Christmas songs don't always have to be merry – among the most beloved festive tunes are "2,000 Miles" by The Pretenders, which is curiously bleak, and the heartbreak of Wham!'s "Last Christmas".

Of course, there are plenty of upbeat songs on our list, too, from Brenda Lee's "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" to Mariah Carey's"All I Want for Christmas is You".

Here are some of our favourites, from Forties classics to more recent pop hits, to get your Christmas celebrations into full swing.

You can also listen to our classic Christmas playlist on Spotify:

Click through the gallery below to see the top 18 Christmas songs:

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